David Stewart

North MSP disappointed with Government answer on Road Safety Minister

28 November 2017

Highlands & Islands (including Moray) Regional MSP and road safety campaigner, David Stewart is disappointed that the Scottish Government have no plans to consider appointing a Road Safety Minister.

He was so advised by means of a response to his Parliamentary Question on this matter by Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands.

 David said,  “ I really think the Government have missed a big opportunity here. Road safety is a key issue within our communities be they urban or scattered.

“Far too many road users are getting killed or injured on our roads and I personally feel this is an issue we need to take more seriously.

“Having a Minister with sole responsibility for all road safety related matters would focus all our attention on the issue more.

“This Minister could be at the forefront of campaigns to make our roads safer and would be in a prime position to garner all evidence and support from relevant agencies which would allow for a clear, focussed and educated policy in relation to matters pertaining to the safety of road users.

“It is perhaps interesting that in Westminster they deem this issue to be so important as to appoint such a person, yet here in Scotland the Government are happy that the Minister with responsibility for all transport and island related issues is also best placed to look after our road safety.”